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November 6, 2000
Katie Wright (703) 683-5004, ext. 132

Rosie's Soft Money Stunt
Warner Brothers Allows Rosie O’Donnell to Air Streisand's Pro-Gore Speech on Election Eve

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     ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Media Research Center Chairman Brent Bozell blasted Warner Brothers for capitulating to talk-show host Rosie O’Donnell who will air Barbara Streisand’s pro-Al Gore speech on her show today. Bozell said this is nothing more than a soft money contribution from Warner Brothers to the Gore campaign on the eve of perhaps the closest presidential election in American history. Bozell also labeled as “bogus” Warner Brothers’ claim that they caved in to O’Donnell because she threatened not to renew her contract – as it was already reported last week that O’Donnell plans to leave her show after her contract expires.

     “Hollywood is pulling out all the stops for Al Gore in this election, to the point of providing a massive soft money contribution to Gore’s campaign on the eve of the election. It’s an outrage, something you’d expect in a third-world country,” Bozell said.

     O’Donnell will air a four-minute speech by Streisand in which she praises Gore and vilifies George W. Bush. The speech was taped at a Gore fundraiser, at which Streisand spoke. ABC’s 20/20 also aired an interview with Streisand in which she expressed her support for Gore.

     “Of many ironies, the one great irony has been the overwhelming public support for so-called campaign finance reform expressed by Hollywood and the establishment media. These soft money contributions only underscore that Hollywood and the establishment media are about nothing but promoting a liberal agenda through whatever means necessary. As for Warner Brothers caving into O’Donnell for fear she’d not renew her contract, that’s bogus as O’Donnell said last week she would not renew,” Bozell said.


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